Thousands of talented photographers send their fantastic pictures to the National Geographic contest, but only the very best get published, even less get the prize. We searched for 2015-2016 winners of the magazine’s photo contests and carefully chose ten awesome shots for you to enjoy.
Orangutan in the Rain – Andrew Suryono
This young orangutan uses a taro leaf to cover himself from the rain. It seems like monkeys are not the biggest fans of rainy seasons in Indonesia…
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Colorful Chaos – Bence Mate
White-fronted bee-eaters are quite difficult to catch with a camera, especially if you need a very specific light condition. The photographer was working on this theme for 18 days until he could finally take a photo of the birds in the proper light, right before they flew to sleep in their burrows.
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The Colourful Language of Chameleons – Christian Ziegler
The photographer closely watched chameleons on Madagascar, their habits, changing of colors and amazing body features. This female can accelerate her tongue more than 40 times faster than the pull of gravity!
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Out On A Limb – Tim Laman
This orangutan climbs up a tree in Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National Park, on the island of Borneo. The population of the Bornean orangutan is highly endangered and needs constant protection. Many farmers clean their fields with fire, which often burn the forests too, so the Indonesian nature conservation agency and International Animal Rescue pay much effort to save animals and educate people in those places.
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Whale Whisperers – Anuar Patjane
Divers gathered around a humpback whale and her newborn calf. Humpback whales are known for their plaintive magical songs, which can travel a great distance through the world's oceans. This is the way whales communicate with their mates and attract potential spouses.
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A Girls and Her Pet – Charlie Hamilton James
A little monkey pet, saddleback tamarin, makes himself comfortable on the head of Yoina Mameria Nontsotega, while this tribal Matsigenka girl is taking a bath in the Yomibato River, deep inside Manú National Park.
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Cranes in the Down – Randy Olson
A magnificent view on Wood River, Nebraska. These birds are sandhill cranes and every year they arrive to roost here, in the shallows of the Platte River. If you count carefully, you can find about 413,000 of individuals!
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The Wild Side of Panda – Ami Vitale
Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, posing to the photographer with a delight of a famous star. The shot was taken at a conservation center in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve.
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Unique and Rare – Joel Sartore
This baby African white-bellied tree pangolin, who is trying to climb on his mother, is in a great danger. The photographer takes a photo of this unique animal at Pangolin Conservation Florida, before they dissapear from the face of the Earth.
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Close-up – David Liittschwager
Believe or not, but octopuses are beautiful. More than that, scientists think that the nervous system of octopus is larger and more complex than most invertebrates have. Maybe one day we will discover that octopus is even smarter than a human being?
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